Assistant Professor of Agronomy - Department of Crop Sciences (95683)

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Assistant Professor - Department of Crop Sciences
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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The Department of Crop Sciences seeks to fill a position for an Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Data Analytics.

This position is part of an initiative at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences to contribute to the improvement of global human and environmental health via the food system. We intend to dramatically strengthen and expand our capacity in this arena through a seven-position cluster hire focused on Food and Agricultural Systems for Global Health. Faculty hired into these positions will lead college wide efforts in food security and global health, and participate in related campus priorities, including the Nutrition and Food Security theme of the campus strategic plan (, the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and Carle-Illinois College of Medicine, among others.

The Department of Crop Sciences seeks an outstanding scientist for an Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Data Analytics position with a research, teaching, and outreach emphasis on data-driven agriculture. This position will develop a nationally recognized research program in applied agronomy that addresses stakeholders' needs in the areas of digital or precision agriculture while still maintaining a presence in the traditional agronomy space. The successful candidate will focus on current trends that rely on collection and interpretation of dense datasets for decision-making using an innovative combination of advanced sensors, geospatial technologies, and quantitative methods (e.g. artificial intelligence, machine learning). This position will become a leader in transforming agronomic data into knowledge that can be applied to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of global food, feed, fuel, and fiber production systems.

The successful candidate will be able to effectively engage a variety of academic cultures to advance data analytics in agriculture. Their primary affiliation will be the Department of Crop Sciences, however they will also have the opportunity to closely interact with faculty across the campus through the Center for Digital Agriculture. The Digital Agriculture initiative is a campus wide initiative focused on a joint College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) - College of Engineering effort and a Crop Science + Computer Science degree program. The candidate will be expected to deliver innovative research and educational programs at the interface of agriculture and computer science.


  • Develop an advanced technology-based research and outreach program in digital agriculture and sustainable cropping systems
  • Contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching programs through teaching and student advising in the Department of Crop Sciences
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address scientific problems that requires complex, multidisciplinary approaches in food and agricultural systems


All candidates must hold a Ph.D. in plant or crop sciences, agronomy, soil science, engineering, computer science, or a closely related field. Post-doctoral experience demonstrating leadership of independent and team-based research is desired. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses using innovative teaching methods. The candidate must demonstrate excellent communication skills and an ability to engage professionally with a diverse population from industry, farmers, faculty, staff, and students.


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a student enrollment of more than 40,000, and nearly 2,000 faculty. It's located approximately 120 miles south of Chicago in a vibrant and diverse community of 110,000, and is easy driving distance from St. Louis and Indianapolis. Our community offers the residential advantages of a medium-sized university city, excellent cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life.

The College of ACES is recognized worldwide for its commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate programs, teaching, research, outreach, and international programs. We offer tremendous opportunities for students to achieve their goals and prepare for excellent careers. Our hands-on academic programs prepare our graduates for local, national, and global careers. ACES research programs are making a difference in people's lives. Our research and education centers, located throughout the state, provide vital testing grounds where research can generate practical applications that benefit consumers, farmers, commodity groups, agricultural organizations, environmentalists, conservationists, government agencies, industry, and business. University of Illinois Extension connects the university to people, businesses, and communities statewide to help solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. ACES faculty and staff are leaders in international engagement, addressing global challenges and impacting lives around the world.

The University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences ( is a recognized global scientific leader in plant genetic improvement, crop production, plant protection, biometry, and environmental quality. Our research and teaching facilities include state-of-the-art laboratory space for plant and soil research, newly renovated classrooms with advanced learning technologies and over 1500 acres of research plots on our three research and education centers.


Competitive, based on qualifications and rank, 9-month academic year, tenure track, research/teaching/outreach.

The anticipated starting date for the position is August 16, 2019.

To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by November 30, 2018. To apply, please create a candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research, teaching, and outreach goals and contact information for three professional references. Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be requested at a later date. Candidates may be interviewed prior to the closing date, but no hiring decision will be made until the closing date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be given full consideration.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. All tenured appointments require Board of Trustees approval.

For further information, please contact search chair Dr. D.K. Lee, via e-mail ( For technical assistance with the online application process, call 217-333-6747 or email [email protected] For further information regarding the application procedure, you may also contact Linda Kemplin, [email protected]. More information on the Department of Crop Sciences is available at

College Name or Administrative Unit: ACES
Category: 1-Faculty
Title: Assistant Professor of Agronomy - Department of Crop Sciences (95683)
Open Date: 10/19/2018
Close Date: 11/30/2018
Organization Name: Crop Sciences





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Posted: 12/5/2018
Application Due: 12/11/2018
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